25 Parent Reviews for St. Theresas Catholic School
We have multiple children at this school, and have been very pleased. The teachers are very loving and the academics are top notch. We especially enjoy the sense of community within the school - among the children and the families.
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Posted by a parent on 09/24/13
While no school is perfect, St Theresa is a great little school with a huge heart. My kids are in large top-rated public high schools now and were well prepared both academically and socially after 10 years there. At STCS they received a quality education and learned the incredibly important skill of
... Read more making good choices. At any school if there are concerns you have to address them in a productive and collaborative way. During our 12 years there the school and the families proved to me time and again we were in the right place. I pray whatever challenges may arise that this community pulls together and comes out stronger. I am very proud of STCS and my kids as graduates. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/14/13
St Theresa is an excellent school and a great community. We have been part of St Theresa school and parish for 17 years and have had a great experience. I would highly recommemd St Theresa to any family looking for a safe, challenging, positive and nurturing environment for their children.
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Posted by a parent on 09/13/13
After reading and agreeing with so many of the negative reviews regarding teacher and administration issues at STCS, I wanted to also highlight issues about the students treatment of one another. There are a number of significant issues around bullying and teasing particularly in the older grades.
... Read more Teachers have admitted to moving their own kids from STCS for unresolved bullying problems and cliquish behavior with both boys and girls. In other cases, the teachers's children are the bullies and seem to go untouched as do children of parents that volunteer a lot. There are a lot of smoke and mirror responses but would like to see any real work that's been done and actually followed through with. It's also perpetuated by the parents. The superintendent needs to finally get engaged for the health of the school. The administration (principal, vice principal) are in over their heads and are in constant battle mode with families that want change instead of making any real strides on all the issues that are being presented. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/19/13
We are starting our third year at STCS. While the academics could be better in Science and Technology, we've researched other schools and for the price STCS really is the little school that can. This is a very safe, warm Catholic environment, and ultimately this continues to win us over even when we
... Read more have seen the higher-level curriculum that other, more expensive schools offer. The teachers and staff really do care about the children. There are a bunch of awesome little special things the school does such as recess every day and Spanish starting in PreK (which is unusual even at private schools). They also do grade-appropriate service projects even at the youngest grades and have a buddy system between higher grades and lower ones. There are always things schools can improve, and STCS is no different, but I think for the cost and the overall curriculum and environment, our child is better for attending this lovely school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/08/13
The Austin Catholic Diocese HR department went around this year and explained to all teachers how they are hired and fired at "the will" of the school and that can be for a reason or for no reason at all. That scares me because what kind of teacher would want to work for these schools? They cannot recruit
... Read more or retain quality they are treated like that. The children are high end and low end and there is nothing in place to help either group. They teach to the middle but do not know how to help the others. To make it worse, some of the students are just as bad if not worse than public school kids so don't fool yourself into thinking STCS is a safe environment. There are quite a few mean children who make the environment less than desirable. Even if STCS was free, I would still have concerns. The good kids witness a lot of bad behavior and teachers and administration don't have any power to change it. Parents deny it and blame the school. We took our child out this year because of all these things. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/20/13
Amazed that other parents are speaking of "weeding out" and comparing the school to "esteemed" public schools. Really? We chose the school because it was a Catholic school but found that that wasn't very important to the administration or the parents. It is a very cliquish school and if it isn't going
... Read more to provide the emphasis on Catholic education, then we might just find the educational challenge at the more "esteemed public schools" more appealing. We're considering moving for middle school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/13/13
We love St Theresa's! The tuition is a bargain as it's subsidized by the parish. Many teachers came from the esteemed Eanes School District. We've had top-notch experienced teachers throughout--not the "hit or miss" you find at even the best public schools around. The school community is involved and
... Read more unparalleled, not snobby like at some schools. Since St Theresa's starts at Pre-K, its students have a head-start on most area schools. The Diocese of Austin won't release test scores, but this school scores great and prepares its students well for high school. Yes, lots of sitting in a traditional school environment, worksheets, and some homework, but is manageable and gives results. Our child is gifted, and is plenty challenged here where there are a lot of bright kids from good families. The school does admissions testing and "weeds out" those who might not be able to handle the rigorous academic environment. Catholic theology is incorporated, so if you're not looking for Catholic education, you'd best look elsewhere. The school has always ranked well on physical fitness scores and the sports teams consistently do well. The weakest point to me is the Spanish program. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/02/13
We were so excited when our kids got accepted to St. Theresa's. Our excitement turned to dismay when we received our teacher assignments. Both teachers were well into their 50s-60s and we learned quickly that the method of teaching in both classrooms was very outdated. One of our kids rated as gifted
... Read more and this school could not accommodate the more rigorous needs. If your child is middle of the road and fits neatly into a box, then this school might work for you. If your child is special in any way and you want a school that recognizes and encourages that exceptionalism or uniqueness, versus trying to mold them into the status quo, this is not the environment for you. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/02/13
I felt it important to post a more recent note about STCS. I find it interesting that overall, most comparable private schools for elem/middle in Austin had an average of 4*s, which leads me to believe that in all these schools folks either love their school or don't (and leave). We have several kids
... Read more in this school and find it to be a very pleasant place to educate our kids. Any parent thinking of a private school should visit and see if their kid is a fit. Here are the pluses for STCS -- good academic rigor, at a quaint, central Austin Catholic setting for a reasonable tuition, and a very active, solid community of families. The good balanced families are a big selling point. There is improving diversity and teaching of virtues at the school (lower grades are probably seeing better diversity) with a broad socio-economic range. It is a more regimented academic curriculum that is "traditional" based, and a mix of teachers (as noted in reviews--some older and others newer, but overall they care deeply about the kids). Sports are important to the families there, so particularly for boys, this may be a factor. They will open a new fantastic building to add space next year. Read less
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Austin schools — St. Theresas Catholic School is located at 4311 Small Dr, Austin TX 78731. 4311 Small Dr is in the 78731 ZIP code in Austin, TX The school district for St. Theresas Catholic School is the Diocese Of Austin. St. Theresas Catholic School is a Catholic school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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